Released January 2007
People often ask me why I keep including salmon in my artwork.
The answer to this lies with the importance of salmon to me, my
relatives and my ancestors. Put simply, salmon was the vital link
between mere survival and the development of the splendour of our
culture. The large numbers of salmon provided us with abundance
One of the most magnificent sites you can see in the Pacific Northwest
is when the rivers turn a vivid scarlet red. As the sockeye salmon
return from their journeys in the open ocean to the freshwater
rivers of their birth, they undergo a startling transformation.
Their sleek silver bodies turn crimson as they enter the rivers.
Upstream, they fight, battle and struggle to find an ideal spawning
ground. Using centuries-old memory they remain steadfast in their
determination to reproduce. It is in this irony of nature that
when they have achieved their life’s work in returning home
that their vitality ends with death.
It is with their dying actions that they ensure that future generations
will be born to enter this same cycle of life. We give thanks to
salmon for their vitality and for their gifts that they provide
“Vitality” is a limited edition print using the giclée
method of printmaking. This print was released in January of 2007
and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s own studio in
Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Vitality” and
are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing the
numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures
17x22 inches. Image size measures about 11.25x19.5 inches.